Maryland mayhem: 8 arraigned, granted N1m bail each over damaged BRT buses

Eight men were on Tuesday arraigned before an Ebute Metta court for damaging 48 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

Earlier in the month, the BRT buses were damaged during a protest over the death of a street hawker. The deceased was said to have been selling eye glasses on the road while a KAI official allegedly pursued him into a trailer which crushed him.

The suspects Agu Israel, Idike Sylvester, Babizua Nwode, Ropo Babatunde, Anashi Philip, Ezekiel Ebonyi, Friday Nweze and John Kalu were accused by the state as the culprits. The buses were destroyed on Ikorodu road, by Anthony bus top.

Lagos Metro gathered that the defendants were accused of breaching the peace of the environment by disrupting the peaceful movement of people and vehicles on the high-way, thereby committing a criminal offense punishable under the Lagos State law.

The suspects were also accused of damaging property valued at one hundred and thirty-Nine Million Naira (139,000,000.00) belonging to Primero Transport Services Limited.

They were docked on a three-count charge and pleaded not guilty. Sergeant Mariam  Dauda applied for the bail of the suspects. The Magistrate, Mrs O. O. A. Fowowe Erusiafe, granted them bail in the sum of one million naira each with two sureties who must be blood relations.

The case was adjourned till August 17 for mention.